Sunday, July 31, 2016
From Cars 2, here we have the newly released Mattel 1:55 scale diecast of Mater with Duct Tape! This is yet another 2016 "Super Chase" car, which means it's very difficult to find in stores (no more than 4,000 units have been distributed). If you've happened to find one, then lucky you!
As shown in the screenshot above, Mater is briefly seen taped up when he's "car-napped" by the Lemons after the Porto Corsa race.
If you haven't had any luck with finding this Super Chase release in stores, be sure to check out this direct link to current eBay listings or Amazon using the link below. The prices are really reasonable with this one, since another version of Mater [to be honest] isn't the most sought after.
For us dedicated Cars collectors though, it's a must have release! Best of luck on the hunt.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Today we're having more fun with the Finding Dory bath squirter collection from Bandai! Continuing on from the six individual characters I showed off on Thursday (also seen on the back of the box below), here we have the extremely cool "Surprise Squirt Hank" Playset.
This set is packed full of features. First of all, it comes with an adorable exclusive Squirt bath squirter (appropriate, right?) only available in this set. That alone is a good reason to pick this up, but wait- there's more.
You can use any of the bath squirters to hit and spin the fish targets hanging from Hank's tentacles! There are six characters to hit (all from Mr. Ray's class as seen in Finding Dory): Sheldon, Nemo, Squirt, Pearl, Tad and Dory herself.
This Hank, just like in the film, is also a color changer! Squirt him with warm or hot water and watch his center face area turn blue (his tentacles do not change).
Of course, Hank can only take so much of you squirting him before he looses his temper though...so be prepared for him to squirt back! Just fill him up with water and press the top suction cup repeatedly for squirting action. If he's suctioned to a wall, just press him in from the front and it'll work just the same. How awesome right?
Overall, this is a really neat bath (or pool) toy with a great design and fantastic play features. Kids will have an absolute blast with this and all the water squirter friends! You can pick this up for $19.99 wherever Finding Dory toys are sold or on Amazon (currently on sale) using the direct link below.
I hope to have a video of these in action up soon, so be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel and feel free to subscribe!
Friday, July 29, 2016
Piper, Disney·Pixar's latest theatrical short currently playing ahead of Finding Dory, is as beautiful as they come. Audiences everywhere have fallen in love with the adorably fearful sandpiper and have awed over the incredible "painterly" visuals, the sweet simplistic story and the accompanying musical score by Adrian Belew (yes, the same singer/guitarist of the rock band King Crimson).
Whether it's a feature film or a short, music has always played a significant role in any Pixar production. For Piper, it was indeed no different. The score is fun, bright, heartfelt and emotional with a certain uniqueness that matches the visuals on screen just perfectly. The main theme that Belew has created for Piper is one that has stuck with me since the first time I saw the film; it's a charming little melody.
If you're like me, you were probably hoping that the score for Piper would someday be made available for purchase. Well hope no longer because the 5 minute, 42 second long track from the film has just been released today [digitally] by Walt Disney Records via iTunes and Amazon! You can download it for just $1.29 (digital booklet included).
|Composer Adrian Belew|
My hat goes off to Belew, Piper director Alan Barillaro, Jake Monaco (who arranged and orchestrated this music) and the entire Pixar team. Marvelous work!
As a side note, I love the fact that Pixar has been widely releasing their short film scores. The Blue Umbrella score was similarly released as a digital single in 2013 and the song from LAVA was available on the Inside Out soundtrack. Interestingly however, we did not get a Sanjay's Super Team track (which is a shame since it was pretty neat). Could it be on the horizon? Either way, lets hope this trend continues.
What are your thoughts on Piper? Shout it out in the comments below!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Bandai has created some wonderful toys this year for Finding Dory. I've shown a ton of them here thus far and there's still more to come! For today's post, we have these fin-tastic bath squirter multipacks featuring six of your favorite underwater friends from the film.
In set #1, we have Dory (with transport tag), Marlin and Destiny. In Set #2, Hank, Nemo and Mr. Ray are featured. Kids can collect all six to recreate there favorite Finding Dory scenes during tub time!
These adorable rubber squirters are about 2.5"- 4" in size and are perfect for the bath or pool (or really wherever water play is happening). Just fill, squirt and repeat! Your little ones will have a blast.
I picked these 3-packs up at Toys R Us for $11.99 each. If you'd rather pick and choose select characters, you can also find each one in single packs at Walmart or Target for $3.99 each.
Stay tuned tomorrow for even more fun with this Finding Dory bath squirter collection! UPDATE- You can now view the Surprise Squirt Hank Playset post HERE.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Love Pixar? Love to cook? Then boy do I have something for you. First unveiled at the 2015 D23 Expo, here we have the one and only officially licensed Disney·Pixar stylized slow cooker by Select Brands!
Featuring 30 square, minimalist renditions of some of your favorite Pixar characters along the outside, this large oval 7-quart slow cooker (or "Crock Pot") will no doubt add some color and fun to your kitchen. If you've never really been into cooking, this just might be a game changer. It's so simple to use and there are so many yummy recipes out there... plus you'll want to bust it out every day just to see the cuteness! Call me crazy, but you'll probably find your kids asking if they can help out with the meals too; it's just that cool.
Pixar slow cooker= mega parent points.
Lets take it out of the box for a closer look. Look at this thing! Really stunning.
For us Pixar mega fans, the magic really is in the details. I mean, come on. A Luxo Jr. ball handle? A Toy Story style rocket ship ON/OFF switch? Fantastic! And of course the characters look great as usual. I've loved these square designs ever since they debuted at the 2013 D23 Expo on various products. It's really cool that there are now Inside Out characters in this style as well (you may have noticed that the prototype of this at the expo last year did not include them).
Like with most slow cookers out there, the stoneware insert is removable for easy cleaning and is machine washable.
This was originally released at JC Penney, but has since sold out. Don't worry though, you can still pick it up at Home Depot, Sears and Wayfair. Be sure to get yours before it's gone!
Finally, a big thanks to my parents for surprising me with this for my birthday a couple months back! I love it...and you will too.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
"Hello Dory!" is a very cute and simple tabbed board book for preschool age fans of Finding Dory. Inside you'll find seven (or 14, if you count both sides) sturdy pages highlighting 10 of your favorite characters from the film, including: Dory, Hank, Destiny, Nemo, Marlin, Bailey, Fluke, Rudder, Gerald and a sea otter. It's written by Andrea Posner-Sanchez and is illustrated by the Disney Storybook Art Team (no individual artist is specified).
The wording on each page here is extremely short and simplistic, perfect for young children ages 1-3 (there's no storyline, only character intros). For example, "Nemo is my little buddy. He has a lucky fin." [Next page] "His father's name is Marlin. He's a great dad and friend!" And so on...
You can't go wrong with the minimal illustrations here. They're super adorable and will most definitely catch any kid's attention! The art style, like the wording, is also very simple (mostly straight edges, geometric shapes and bright colors). And I have to mention the glittery stingrays, bubbles and title on the front cover- one of my favorite aspects!
I don't want to share too much here (since the book is already quite short as it is), but I did want to give you a sneak peek at what to expect inside! Check out some of the pages below-
This is a great little introduction to the world of Finding Dory and I look forward to passing it down to my kids when the time comes. If you're looking to pick this one up, you can purchase it at your local bookstore (such as Barnes & Noble) or on Amazon using the direct link below for just $7.99.
Monday, July 25, 2016
With each new Disney/Pixar animated film release, you can just about always expect a corresponding Disney Store "figurine playset." I've enjoyed collecting these over the years as they're a fun way to get a lot of nice looking characters for play or display...Finding Dory was of course no different!
I have to say, the quality of these figure sets has greatly improved since they started. These ones look absolutely fantastic! The sculpts are spot on and the paint jobs look [for the most part] very clean and precise. They are, like usual, made from a PVC material and are about 2"-5" in size.
As far as the overall durability of these figures though, I can't promise they're "play proof". These figure sets do have a reputation for breaking relatively easily, but I have yet to experience that myself. For young kids who may be more rough with their toys, I can probably see the stands breaking off if tossed around too much. For kids who are a little older and adult collectors however, there shouldn't be a problem at all.
This set comes with a really nice selection of characters from the film: Dory, Nemo, Marlin, Destiny, Bailey, Hank, Jenny & Charlie (connected on one base) and Fluke & Rudder (also all connected on one base) and Gerald.
Lets take a closer look!
For fans of the film, young or old alike, I highly recommend this set. You'll love it, especially if you're trying to track down most of the core characters in one easy go-around. Plus it contains some of the few figures out there [currently] of Gerald, Jenny and Charlie...they make this set a must have!
You can currently pick this up at your local Disney Store or online HERE for $19.95.
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So what do you think of these figures? Have you also had a positive experience with them? Who's your favorite one? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below and be sure to check back daily for more from my ever expanding Pixar collection!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Note: For those who may have missed my Finding Dory wristbands post, I'll be reiterating what I said there about Summer Play Days.
If you have a Disney Store near you, be sure to drop by this summer for their 2016 "Summer Play Days"! Every single day from June 4th through September 5th, cast members at all Disney Store locations host fun events (like trivia, drawing, story time etc...)) for you and your family to participate in- and best of all? They hand out these FREE Tsum Tsum Disney character wristbands for you to collect!
Every week there's a new character to add to your collection (and even some "secret" ones as well). Check out the official pamphlet below to see who's available and when.
Note: Collect them all and present them to a cast member at the end of the summer to receive a Mickey and Minnie "ultimate collectors set"!
Of course I was just interested in the Pixar themed ones (namely the Finding Dory and Monsters Inc. characters); And given that I'm a Disney Store cast member myself, I was able to snag them all pretty easily (though we still have to wait week to week just like you).
Here we have the two screamtastic Monsters Inc. bracelets that are now available...Mike Wazowski and Sulley! Check out the cuteness below-
And here's me a couple weeks ago hosting one of the Summer Play Days (drawing Nemo)! My wife Brita was there at the time and I had no idea she was snapping pics.
Cool off from the heat this summer by visiting your local Disney Store for Summer Play Days. You'll have a blast! You won't wanna miss out on the free stuff (or the fun). Call your store for specific times and details.
If you can't make it to an in store event, you can always track these down on eBay using this direct link to current listings.